New Delhi, Sep 18: One of the greatest soldiers the country has seen, the war hero of 1965 War and the one who has been given a teary farewell with all State honours, The great Arjan Singh is related to the beautiful and glamorous Mandira Bedi. Mandira Bedi came on Sunday morning to attend the funeral of his uncle the next day.
Mandira Bedi is Arjan Singh's niece, her mother is the younger sister of Arjan Singh's wife. This means that Arjan Singh's wife is her 'maasi'.
Mandira Bedi has revealed some unknown facts about the eternal soldier Arjan Singh:
-Arjan Singh loved his wife so much that even at this age not a day passed whn they did not say 'I Love You' to each other
-Arjan Singh never boasted about his achievements.
- The 1965 hero was a very good listener and loved to hear other's stories than sharing his own.
-Even at 98, Arjan Singh loved playing golf twice a day.
Mandira fondly remembers how she loved meeting him on her trips to Delhi, how he was curious toknow about her work,her husband and her son.
Hundreds of people including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three Service Chiefs, bid a tearful adieu to Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh at a state funeral at Brar Square here on Monday. Arjan Singh, who led the air operations in the 1965 war with Pakistan, died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here on Saturday. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 98. The Army gave a 17-gun salute to the Marshal. The IAF officers sounded the bugle before the cremation at the Delhi Cantonment area. Besides Sitharaman, IAF Chief B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of Naval staff Sunil Lanba, Army Chief Bipin Rawat, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, and several former Service Chiefs, relatives, and friends were also present. The IAF's Sukhoi-30 fighters in the "missing man" formation along with the Mi-17V5 choppers in "insignia" formation made the flypast paying their last respects to the national hero. Arvind Singh, son of Arjan Singh lit the pyre after Sikh priests performed religious rituals. Earlier, the mortal remains of the Marshal was taken out in a gun carriage from his 7, Kautilya Marg residence. The body was wrapped in the national flag. The carriage was decorated with marigold flowers. Singh's last journey of 8 km to Brar Square here was accompanied with an Air Force band. Arjan Singh was the first five star officer of the IAF and was for a long time the only living five star officer.
News24Bureau with Agencies